One-time basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he thinks the national anthem is somehow just like a “slave song.”
The aging Abdul-Jabbar, whose real name is Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., filed a long-winded screed at The Hollywood Reporter to attack both President Donald Trump and the United States saying that the country is not great and that pampered millionaire NFL players are *just like* slaves.
I wish I had that kind of “slave” money, don’t you?
Breitbart News has the story:
In an August 14 editorial for The Hollywood Reporter, the Laker legend said that NFL players are required to stand for the anthem just like pre-Civil War slaves were expected to sing during their work, Fox News reported.
“Currently, the song being demanded is the national anthem during football games. But during a warm-up game on Aug. 10, despite President Trump’s previous condemnation, several Eagles players kneeled during the anthem or raised their fists — their way of singing their own song,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote.
“For them, lyrics like ‘land of the free’ don’t accurately represent the daily reality for people of color,” the Hall of Famer accused. “They love their country but want that country to recognize the suffering that occurs when it isn’t living up to its constitutional promises.”
Abdul-Jabbar also attacked President Donald Trump’s claim that many players don’t understand what the protests are really about.
“Who would know better how to define their outrage:,” Abdul-Jabar asked, “the privileged darling of white supremacists, the 94 percent-white team owners, the 75 percent-white head coaches or the 70 percent-black players who actually take the field each week?”
Now, I don’t know if you have ever vexed yourself long enough to read one of Abdul-Jabber’s editorials, but each and every one of them are written at a eighth grader’s reading level — if not lower. Abdul-Jabbar doesn’t seem to have the intellect of a 14-year-old.
He also has a 14-year-old’s grasp of history and the Constitution. In another recent op-ed this dull-witted jock insisted that the Constitution protects the rights of players to protest against the country during the national anthem at an NFL game.
Hint: it does no such thing.
“In May, you implemented a childish policy about how grown men must respond to the national anthem: a player can stay in the locker room during the anthem, but if he takes the field and then protests, the team and the player can be fined.,” Jabber wrote in another childishly fashioned op-ed in July. “Oh, Dear Owners. You stood at the precipice of history tasked with deciding whether to choose the principles of the US Constitution over profits of commerce, patriotism over pandering, morality over mob mentality, promoting social justice over pushing beers. Sadly, you blinked. Courage, it seems, is expected only of players.”
This is all pishtosh. Employees have no such Constitutional right to use an employers’ facilities and time to make personal political statements. It is just that simple.
Abdul-Jabbar doesn’t know his head from a hole in the wall.
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